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Will a urinary tract infection show up on dipstick urine test?

Will a urinary tract infection show up on dipstick urine test?

Mostly: Nitrite reagent in dipstick works for most gram negative organisms, but does show gram positive bacteria like enterococcus, staphlococcus or streptococcus etc.. Latter 2 are considered "skin" organisms but can be cause of utis in some, especially subjects on intermittent catheterization. Leucoocte esterase for wbcs in urine usually but, not always reliable. Urine culture is most reliable. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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What does occasional cloudy urine mean? Itchiness that comes with it. Could i possibly have a minor urinary tract infection?

What does occasional cloudy urine mean? Itchiness that comes with it. Could i possibly have a minor urinary tract infection?

Possibly: Urinary tract infections don't tend to be "occasional." they tend to have a start and an end. You should definitely have a urine test to see what is there especially at the time of symptoms. ...Read more

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If a urine test that is called uwbc is in the 6-10 range is that indicative of a urinary tract infection?

If a urine test that is called uwbc is in the 6-10 range is that indicative of a urinary tract infection?

Urinalysis: Generally, we accept no more than 2 white cells in the macroscopic exam. More cells than that are abnormal and often reflect a urinary tract infection. I would definitely repeat the test (it is inexpensive) to make sure it was a "clean" catch, but if it is still abnormal, your provider will want to send a sample for culture to determine the proper antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

It may not!: A urinary tract infection is a clinical diagnosis, and doesn't necessarily hinge on a positive urine culture. However, typical bacteria associated with uti's will test positive within 24hr. Cultures help in choosing the most appropriate antibiotic.However, keep in mind some microbes cannot be cultured, or aren't routinely cultured (e.g. Ureaplasma, chlamydia) - but can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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5 month old son had urinary tract infection without fever&normal us, vcug is recommended its invasive i d prefer repeat urine tests what should I do?

Do the VCUG.: He should have the vcug. It is very important to find out if there is reflux of urine backwards, up toward the kidney, which will predispose to more infections. The ultrasound looks at the size and structure of the kidneys and urinary tract, but not reflux. You can not tell this from repeat urine tests either. Repeated infections can cause damage to the kidneys. ...Read more

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I have white blood cells in my urine sample, and they said it's not an urinary tract infection, what else could it be?

I have white blood cells in my urine sample, and they said it's not an urinary tract infection, what else could it be?

Genital infection?: Women often have elevated WBC in urine because of contamination of the sample with genital fluids. WBC are common in vaginal fluids, for example, often (but not always) because of infections like yeast and STDs. Also, symptoms of yeast and STDs often are similar to UTI. If you are sexually active and not tested recently for gonorrhea and chlamydia, make sure your doctor knows and get tested. ...Read more

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In regards to last question i had in regards to small blood in urine i did have a urinary tract infection which was fixed. So could it be serious?

In regards to last question i had in regards to small blood in urine i did have a urinary tract infection which was fixed. So could it be serious?

Blood in urine: If you have blood in your urine with no bacterial infection, a cause needs to be found. You could be bleeding from your kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. Blood in the urine is abnormal and the cause of it needs to be found. See a urologist for a complete work up for it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Wbc in urine 92/ul then 18/ul after 1 day. Will creatinine of 159 umol/l normalize after urinary tract infection has been treated?

Should: In some adults, recurrent utis may cause scarring in the kidneys, which over time can lead to renal hypertension and eventual kidney failure. Recurrent urinary tract infections, even in the kidney, almost never lead to progressive kidney damage in otherwise healthy women. ...Read more

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Why does a urinary tract infection cause blood in urine?

Why does a urinary tract infection cause blood in urine?

Inflammation. : Bacterial infections can cause inflammation/irritation of the lining of your urinary tract leading to traces of blood making its way in your urine. Also explains why sometimes with a bad cold we sometimes see streaks of blood in mucous and phlegm. Bacteria similarly cause irritation of the respiratory tract lining. ...Read more

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My daughter 4 had a fever--urine results state she has small amount of hemoglobian and Lactose positive gram negative bacilli? urinary tract infection

My daughter 4 had a fever--urine results state she has small amount of hemoglobian and Lactose positive gram negative bacilli? urinary tract infection

Incomplete data: To properly label a 4 yo as a UTI you would need a clean catch or catheterized urine, and growth of 50,000 colonies/unit on a properly plated culture media. Just having pee with a germ in it doesn't qualify. The common squat pee collected in some offices is part vaginal wash out and will contain skin contaminant germs. This might or might not be a UTI. ...Read more

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I do not hurt or burn when i urinate. Could it be my vaginal area is just irritated? My urine is clear not yellow as with a urinary tract infection.

I do not hurt or burn when i urinate. Could it be my vaginal area is just irritated? My urine is clear not yellow as with a urinary tract infection.

No problem,,: It appears from what you're saying that you don't have any problem. If there was pain on urination, etc., then thee might be a problem. Stay well. ...Read more

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Gram negative bacilli found in urine? does this mean a urinary tract infection? Doc didnt even mention it.i am urinating more frequently but no pain

Gram negative bacilli found in urine? does this mean a urinary tract infection? Doc didnt even mention it.i am urinating more frequently but no pain

GNB: A urine microscopy showing GNB may not be infection and can be a contaminant. Suggest a clean catch urine be done and a urine culture of needed but done right. Sounds like you have no symptoms and this may not be an issue. ...Read more

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For what reason are there no white blood cells in urine with urinary tract infection?

For what reason are there no white blood cells in urine with urinary tract infection?

Unlikely to be the: Case. Only the extreme case of a person with profound leukopenia may one not see white blood cells in urine with urinary tract infection. White cells may not be seen if the urine was not preserved properly and the WBC disintegrated. ...Read more

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Can Urinary Tract Infection exist without burning during urination and with normal urine color? What tests are be used to determine UTI?

Can Urinary Tract Infection exist without burning during urination and with normal urine color? What tests are be used to determine UTI?

Yes: Go to drug store and buy an OTC urine dipstick test kit. Dip urine. The specially treated stick will turn a particular color for positive UTI. Read the directions carefully. If the result is positive contact Doctor for prescription. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Walter Husar
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more